From: $8,099 USD
Duration: 19 days/ 18 nights
Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.
Interests: Birds, Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Marine Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians.
*Prices are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Black-out dates may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (9/9/2019) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details. Airfare not included unless notified.
Day 1: On arrival at Sydney International Airport, make your way to Sydney Domestic Airport and fly Sydney to Launceston (airfare not included in tour cost). On arrival at Launceston Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: You will be met by your Premier Travel Tasmania guide at midday to start your journey to UNESCO World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Travel to Latrobe for the possibility to see the Platypus in its natural environment. This unique semi-aquatic monotreme is by nature a shy creature and some patience and luck can required to see it. Travel through lush rolling farm pasture before reaching the alpine bush of the Cradle Valley. Enjoy an introduction to this captivating alpine environment before settling in at your accommodation for the night.
Day 3: Be mesmerised by the beautiful alpine landscapes of Cradle Mountain, where in many places, dolerite cracked into vertical columns has resulted in spectacular sculpted mountains and cliffs. Your guide will introduce you to the many endemic fauna and flora species of the region whilst enjoying picturesque views on your walk beneath the spectacular craggy peaks of Cradle Mountain. Magical forests of Pandani (the tallest heath plant in the world), Sassafras, King Billy Pines and the deciduous Beech can be seen adjacent to spectacular glacial lakes. Birds such as Forest Ravens, Black Currawongs and Wedge-tailed Eagles are seen in this area, whilst Echidnas, Platypus, Spotted-tailed Quoll and the Eastern Quoll may also be seen. In the evening, you have the option to join your guide on a night spotlighting tour or simply relax at your accommodation.
Day 4: Today you will explore the Tasmania’s Central Highlands, also known as “The Heart of Tasmania”. Here in this alpine environment the air is noticeably clear and the silence inspiring. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to explore Lake Ada, discover its history and immerse yourself in this barren but beautiful and unique landscape. On dusk you will have the chance to observe Wombats, Wallabies and Possums as they turn the area into a hub of activity. With a bit of luck, you may also see quolls and Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat.
Day 5: This morning explore Mount Field National Park, the oldest in the state with your guide. Be mesmerised by the lush forest landscapes, from eucalyptus temperate rainforest to alpine moorland. Explore the green forest canopy where you can crane your neck to see some of the tallest flowering trees in the world. This cool temperate rainforest allows you the opportunity to search for some of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species including Scrubtit, Black Currawong and Tasmanian Thornbill. After lunch, you may have another opportunity to observe the unique duck bill and webbed feet Platypus in the wild. Return to Hobart in the late afternoon.
Day 6: This morning, travel to the seaside village of Triabunna and board a ferry to cross the Mercury Passage to Maria Island. This unique island national park sits just off Tasmania’s east coast. Enjoy a day of peaceful walking along historic ruins, sweeping bays, rugged fossil cliffs and imposing mountains. This island sanctuary provides an opportunity to view its resident wildlife, including Common Wombats, Cape Barren Geese, Tasmanian Pademelons, kangaroo and wallabies. In the afternoon, make your way down the east coast into Tasmanian’s capital city, Hobart This tour ends at approximately 5pm in Hobart.
Day 7: Transfer to Adelaide Airport for your flight Port Lincoln.
Day 8: On arrival, you will be met by your guide to commence a full day of touring. Big Swamp Wetland is composed of three seasonal fresh water lakes, that form a water dependant ecosystem, fringed with a large and ancient Red Gum forest. These wetlands are the last true fresh water wetlands on the Eyre Peninsula and contain many waterfowl, raptors and the endangered Emu Wren & Western Whipbird. Continue to Coffin Bay, renowned for their oysters and home to important species of flora and fauna. Guests will venture out on a cruise joining a local oyster farmer to see two islands named 'The Brothers', known for its concentration of seabirds, seals and dolphins. Enjoy an oyster farm tour before a delicious lunch of gourmet seafood platters, then it is off to Coffin Bay National Park where you see a myriad of wildlife species before returning to your hotel for the evening.
Day 9: Depart Port Lincoln for the magical destination of Baird Bay, stopping en route to take in the magnificent views. Today’s headline act is only a very short steam off shore aboard the 14-seater ‘Neo-phocus’, where you will be swimming with the Australian Sea-lions in their natural environment; fast, agile & playful- they thrive on the interaction of humans. Following the sea lion encounter, ‘Neo’ pulls out into deeper waters where you now have the chance to swim with the resident Bottlenose dolphins. Powerful & lightening fast- these animals often come so close to you that you can hear the high pitch chatter. Return to Baird Bay for lunch before heading to Talia Caves to view natures artistry. On return to Port Lincoln, stop of one of the best vantage spots along the Great Australian Bight.
Day 10: After breakfast, your day of touring commences with a morning viewing in the small coastal hamlet of Tulka where waders and seabirds can be seen from the Bird Hide. Continue traveling through the 29,000-hectare National Park with plenty of time for wildlife viewing or hiking. In the afternoon, venture to Mikkira Station to see a colony of wild Koalas and a chance to see kangaroos and emu in the wild. As the sun settles for the evening, we will relax with a platter of local produce, wine and listen to the sounds of nature.
For those seeking the ultimate marine experience, there is the option to board the Great White Shark cage dive vessel, Shark Warrior for a chance to see these amazing creatures from an Aqua Sub, the glass viewing area. (An additional night stay is required in Port Lincoln for this option (not included and additional cost).
Day 11: Transfer to Port Lincoln Airport for your flight to Adelaide and following flight to Kingscote (airfare is included in tour cost).
Day 12: You will be collected from your hotel by your Exceptional Kangaroo Island guide, to start your exploration of the central Cygnet Valley, traversing through picturesque redgum forests, narrow-leaved mallee and mixed farmland, then up to the north coast to Stokes Bay to a sheltered beach into the sheoak woodland. After breaking for lunch (grilled fish, haloumi and salad with local wines) in the upper Cygnet Valley, you will explore a blue gum/sugar gum forest before travelling south to Seal Bay where coastal mallee transitions through coastal heath into dunes.
This is the opportunity to encounter the third largest colony of Australian Sea-lions. Other regular wildlife encounters include Koalas, Tammar Wallabies and Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, with Short-beaked Echidnas, Glossy Black Cockatoos, Rosenberg's Goanna (warmer months) and a range of bush and shore-birds sighted often.
Day 13: Iconic coastlines across the southwestern region of the Flinders Chase National Park is the focus of this full day tour. You will be left breathless at the sight of Remarkable Rocks, where winds have carved out a natural sculpture park from massive solid granite tors. Nearby at Admirals Arch, a boisterous fur-seal colony awaits, followed by visits to Cape du Couedic lighthouse, a heritage farm in Kelly Hill Conservation Park and an elegant alfresco lunch. Key wildlife species sought are Cape Barren Geese, Long-nosed Fur-seals, Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters, Tammar Wallabies, Kangaroo Island Kangaroos, plus opportunistic bird and reptile encounters. Good wines and local produce features highly in our picnic lunch which we can enjoy on clifftop or in the bush. At the end of today’s tour you will be taken to Kingscote Airport where you will check in for your flight to Adelaide.
Day 14: After breakfast at your hotel, check out from you room. You will then be transferred to Adelaide Airport to check in for your flight to Perth in Western Australia. On arrival at Perth Airport you will be transferred to your Perth hotel. Your hotel adjoins magnificent Kings Park and the Botanic Garden where you can begin your independent birdwatching. The hotel can provide free guest bicycles (subject to availability).
Day 15: A day at leisure for independent exploring of this beautiful city.
Day 16: You will be transferred from your hotel to Perth Airport to check in for your flight to Learmonth (Exmouth). Fly Perth to Learmonth (airfare not included in tour cost). On arrival at Learmonth Airport, board the Exmouth Bus Charters coach for the short ride to Exmouth and your hotel.
Day 17: Every year, Whale Sharks, the world’s largest known fish, make their way to the peaceful waters off the coast of Ningaloo Reef in their quest for food. Ningaloo Reef’s remarkable eco-system attracts hundreds of whale sharks with its abundance of naturally-occurring food that starts with the annual spawning of coral in March. The Whale Sharks can grow to an impressive 15 meters in length and are calm, slow moving, naturally curious fish, undisturbed by snorkellers swimming in close proximity.
Join an adventure of a lifetime with Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo, snorkelling with these gentle Whaleshark giants in the nutrient rich waters of the Ningaloo Reef. The highly experienced, professional and fun crew will ensure your interactions with the biggest fish in the sea are relaxed, safe, simply unforgettable!!
Day 18: Surrounded by an abundance of coral gardens, rocky ledges and intriguing dive sites, the Muiron Islands are located about 10nm north east of Exmouth. Keep your eyes open during the 45 minute trip across to the Islands for ospreys, shearwaters, turtles, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs, and during their migration, humpback whales.
There is a wide range of dive sites with a maximum depth of 20m and usually only gentle currents, the dive sites around the Muiron Islands are suitable for all levels of snorkelers (over Six years of age) and divers. Swim-throughs and ledges provide plenty of places to search for shrimps, nudibranchs, eels, juvenile angelfish and other timid creatures. In mid-water and against the reefs look for friendly potato cod, large rankin cod, turtles, nurse sharks, soft coral gardens, anemones, clams and 1000's of darting, colourful reef fish. Late in the year, manta rays grace several of the dive sites, too. Cost includes Ssnorkelling – additional costs apply for Divers.
Day 19: You will be transferred from your hotel to Learmonth Airport where you will check in for your flight to Perth.